It was Mr. Vanderbilt’s desire that his estate, mansion and museum would be an informal educational facility that “promotes an appreciation and understanding of the marvelous diversity of life, other cultures and scientific knowledge.”

The Vanderbilt Museum has made that wish its mission, and offers year-round fun, educational programs for children. In addition to Planetarium programming for schools and scouting groups, those programs include hands on creative workshops and activities that make learning fun for young children.

Vanderbilt education programs are aligned with New York State curriculum standards. Each year, the Museum publishes an education booklet for regional schools. The publication outlines programs on natural history, marine life, Long Island Gold Coast history, and architecture for various grade levels. The education booklet includes planetarium-based science and astronomy programs.

“As always, this trip was a wonderful enrichment to our sixth-grade curriculum. Thank you for a wonderful day studying Ancient Egypt.”
Northport Middle School, Northport
“Our stellar experience was educational and exciting, a great way to expose science students to the enchanting world of astronomy. I will be planning a Planetarium trip for all of my future astronomy classes!”
Ward Melville High School Physics Department, East Setauket
“Thank you for teaching me things that I would never imagine.”
California Avenue Elementary School, UniondaleStudent

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